What’s this? I have a blog? Really? Could’ve fooled me. Anyway, I’m back — and I intend to be back to more regular blogging now that the pre-season has REALLY started. I’m going to TRY to blog every day from now until the end of the season, unless I’m away from my computer for a vacation (do people really take those?). The Spring Thoughts posts will mostly be short and to the point as I decide who I think the biggest winners and losers of the day were from the box score.
Today’s Big Winner:
Well this one is pretty easy, isn’t it? Pat Neshek hasn’t pitched since May 8, 2008. Today, he picked up an inning of work and a K. He obviously will need to prove over the Spring that nearly two years off hasn’t taken away his stuff, but this was everything he could have hoped for in a return. All he needs is a reasonably good spring to secure a place in the bullpen, I’m sure, so this is an encouraging start. Honorable mention to Kevin Slowey for a 2 inning, 1 hit, 2 K performance as he tries to bounce back as well.
Today’s Big Loser:
This one is also on the pitching side. One game hardly makes a full spring, but unquestionably today the big loser was Mike Maroth for allowing a run on 2 hits and a walk in an inning of work. Why is one run such a big deal? It’s not if you’re name is Joe Nathan. But if you’re the longest of long shots to make the big league roster, you need to be nearly perfect all spring to force the team to sit up and pay attention — and even that often isn’t enough. Maroth isn’t instantly out of the running for a bullpen slot, but his margin for error has now been reduced significantly.